Microsoft Plans To Open New Tech Hub in Brazil

Microsoft is reportedly planning to shell out roughly $100 million in investments for the establishment of its technology center in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Brazilian newspaper Agencia Estado disclosed Wednesday.

The software giant appears determined to further boost its presence in South American as far as technological research is concerned following their landmark deal with the Brazilian government to open a tech center.

The Brazilian government will act as a facilitator in the project but the bulk of the project will come from Microsoft’s pocket. However, it’s still unknown the true nature of the tech center, whether it’s Research and Development hub or a training site for Brazilians.

Microsoft already spent $5 million for its Sao Paulo office but the investment is far larger in Rio De Janeiro. The Windows 8-maker has been placing its outposts strategically around the world, establishing hubs in Egypt, Israel, and Germany.

Brazil has been an active partner of Microsoft over the last five years, coming up with projects that broaden the reach of the internet and strengthen education and job opportunity in the country.

Agencia Estado reported that other tech companies like Apple and Samsung are reportedly interested to establish their own tech hubs in Brazil, who has become the center of commerce in South America.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Skype is reportedly working out a new Windows 8 Skype client software that will replace the Messenger instant-messaging client.

The Skype team already announced their plan to launch the new instant messaging software in the first quarter of 2013.

“We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available),” said a Skype Team spokesperson.

Microsoft has been pushing Skype to use the Windows messenger structure since the software giant acquired the voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) entity in 2011.